Volume 37, Issue 2, February 2002


Annual Event Takes Place in Houston Offering Texas-Sized Product Showcase
by Ellen Giard 

The industry is once again gearing up for the 2002 National Glass Association (NGA) Convention and Show, scheduled to take place March 20-22 in Houston. Co-sponsored by NGA, the Glass Association of North American and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the event will be held in the George R. Brown Convention Center, and will provide attendees with a wealth of educational opportunities.

The morning of Wednesday, March 20 gets the show officially underway with keynote speaker Peter Schutz, former chief executive officer of Porsche AG Worldwide. 

Other seminars taking place cover topics ranging from float glass manufacturing and roll-wave distortion to fire-rated glazing and contract negotiation. Two USGlass columnists, Robert Tunmire (Personnel Perusals) of the Glass Doctor and David Barron (Legal Ease) of Alaniz and Schrader, are also scheduled to lead seminars (see sidebar page 69 for more information).

The trade show, featuring more than 300 exhibitors, will run concurrently with the seminars. The show floor will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

Following is a sampling of some of the products you’ll find on display in Houston.

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Hardware, Windows and More Available from CRL

CRLsleeve CRL’s sleeve over glass clamps

Whatever your niche, chances are good the booth of Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) will offer a product or two you may find useful.

Among its items on display will be hardware components for custom glass showcases. The cabinet hardware comes in brass, chrome, antique brass, black and nickel finishes. The company also offers a wide selection of hinge designs.

Likewise, CRL has available bi-fold service windows, available in both fully automatic and manual styles. Both come in flush-mounted and projected bay window styles in satin anodized and duranodic bronze finishes.

Specialty clamps and brackets for frameless shower doors will also be displayed. The CRL 135 degree movable transom clamp, for example is used to pivot transom panels above the frameless shower door when the door is meeting a fixed panel at 135 degrees.

Two on Display from Automated Window Machinery 
Automated Window Machinery will feature Emmegi’s Satellite and Twin Electra.

The Satellite is a five-axes CNC machining and sawing center designed for processing bars or pieces of aluminum, PVC, light alloys and steel. 

The Twin Electra is a twin series double mitre saw used in cutting angles from 45 degrees (internal) to 22 degrees 30 feet (external). It can cut aluminum parts, PVC, wood and fiberglass.

SATELLITE The Satellite from Emmegi.

Dependable Offers Selection of Security Glazing Options
From Covington, La., Dependable Glass Works will display several safety glazing options.

Its Safety Plus®, for example, is hurricane/impact-resistant glass that consists of a three-plycore of polyester-based interlayer. It has a total thickness of .130.


Also available will be the company’s hurricane-resistant Safety Plus. This product has passed large missile, small missile and cyclic wind tests, and is Metro-Dade approved for installations in areas where hurricane-resistant glazing is mandated by building codes, according to the company. 

Likewise, Safety Plus glazing system 2001 will be displayed as well. According to information from the company, the system has been engineered to mechanically capture the polyethylene terephthalate film that runs throughout its interlayer. This method of attaching glazing to the framework is strong enough to ensure large insulating glass units remain intact during wind cycle testing, the company adds.

Edgetech and Lisec Team to offer Spacer System
Edgetech I.G. Inc. and Lisec will demonstrate their True Warm spacer system, a fully automated Super Spacer® line for residential applications. The line features vertical automatic Super Spacer application, automatic gas filling and automatic secondary sealant application. 

According to information from Edgetech, the system allows for fast, efficient material flow with vertical-to-vertical glass handling, while accommodating all glass sizes and a number of glass coatings. Edgetech adds that the system can produce up to 1,200 standard units per shift with no direct labor.

Detect the Latest from EDTM
Electronic Design to Market (EDTM) of Toledo, Ohio, will display a wide selection of its coating detectors and meters, including several new products.


New this year, for instance, is the #RD1350 self-clean coating detector, which the company has launched due to the introduction of self-cleaning glass. According to information from EDTM, the detector determines which glass side contains the self-cleaning coating.

EPCO Reveals New Products and Lines
If you’re in the market for either shower door hardware or commercial glass door locks, you may want to check out EPCO’s booth. Based in City of Industry, Calif., the company plans to showcase its 2002 shower door hardware line. Pivot hinges, wall-mount brackets, adapter blocks and more are included.

F. Barkow Drives in New Glazing Truck

F. Barkow Inc. of Milwaukee will display The Mongoose™. According to information from the company, the glazing truck is engineered for economy, versatility and is easy to use in heavy traffic. It can carry glass sizes up to 132 inches by 96 inches.

Fenetech Keys in New Software
FeneVision™ from Fenetech Inc. of Aurora, Ohio, is the company’s family of software products that will be displayed during this year’s show. According to information from the company, whether used for quotations or invoicing, the software increases efficiency and reduces lead times without additional expensive capital equipment.

Production control software is said to allow users to generate quotations, enter orders, schedule production, optimize raw materials and more. 

The company’s tracking system visually displays key unit assembly attributes to direct labor and also provides real-time production status.

Friedman Offers Software Packages

Friedman Corp. of Deerfield, Ill., will demonstrate its Frontier system, a software application designed to streamline the overall order fulfillment process associated with complex, customer-specified products.

According to information from the company, the package allows users to share data across the enterprise to deliver quotes, reduce operating costs and shorten time-to-market. 

Glasstech Heats Up With Two Systems 
The FCH2™ and the ERH2 are two lines that will be displayed by Glasstech Inc.

The FCH2 is a forced convection heater system for processing flat, tempered glass. According to information from the company, the system was developed specifically to eliminate the problems of tempering high-efficiency (soft coated) low-E glass. With the FCH2, glass is processed at lower temperatures and for shorter times than in conventional “radiant” heaters.

Likewise, the ERH2 product line utilizes production-proven technology of other Glasstech systems. It produces flat and distortion free glass, the company says.

Glass Doctor Gears Up for Houston
Based in Waco, Texas, Glass Doctor plans to exhibit at this year’s event, promoting its business systems, pricing for profit focus and turnkey sales and marketing solutions.

“Glass Doctor’s goal is to help people take a greater market share of the industry, build equity in their business and improve their profits,” said Robert Tunmire, president of Glass Doctor. “We are the vehicle that allows many shops to remain in business for themselves, not by themselves.”

Shape up with Glastar’s Equipment 
For shaping, grinding and polishing needs, Glastar Corp. of Chatsworth, Calif., will demonstrate several machines in its booth. The company plans to feature its GlassPasser, on site blaster, small-shape beveling system and new core drills.

According to information from the company, the GlassPasser provides adjustable side and top slots so glass up to sizes of 6 feet by 8 feet can pass through. 


Glastar will also demonstrate its OS-7 on site blaster, a portable vacuum return siphon blaster used on installed glass, and the B8 grinder with preset heads and B2 production polishing station
In addition, the company plans to introduce its new core drills. According to information from the company, the core drills are 80 mesh, have a 1-inch cutting depth, 3/8-inch shank and a knockout slot for removal of the core after drilling.

Buddy Up with new Buggy and Dolly from Groves 
The Buggy Buddy and a glass-handling dolly from McHenry, Ill.-based Groves Glass Storage Systems will be available at the show.
According to information from the company, the Buggy Buddy is 40 inches long by 36 inches high, and is 24 inches wide. It also has a 2,000-pound capacity.

In addition, the glass-handling dolly can be used to transport plate glass, heavy glass and insulating glass units. It is 12 inches wide and 5 ½ inches high.

BuggyBuddy Buggy Buddy

IGE Offers Array of Equipment
IGE Solutions of Chelsea, Mass., will demonstrate a number of its lines at the show. 

From Alfema, for example, automatic sandblasting machinery will be on display. According to information from the company, the machine can vertically treat glass lites up to 72 inches high.

ALFEMAMACHINE Machinery from Alfema

IGE will also offer Forel's air suction handling system called the Manipulator. According to information from the company, the handler allows one person to pick up and transport large sheets of glass or insulating glass units. 

The Francesca CNC drilling and notching machine from Forvet will also be at the show. According to information from the company, the equipment can be used in drilling, notching, countersinking and milling operations. It also has a dual spindle that is said to eliminate blowouts and shelling.

Other available products include the A-100 centrifuge and the Centri-Flow system from US Centrifuge. 

The Centri-Flow system is a turnkey, single-component solution that is offered in a variety of sizes for all types of glass shops, while the A-100 model is designed for small glass manufacturers.

Pilkington Takes an Activ™ Stance
Pilkington North America of Toledo, Ohio, will promote its newest technology, Activ self-cleaning glass. According to information from Pilkington, Activ uses photoactive and hydrophilic properties to nearly eliminate the need to wash commercial and residential windows and skylights.


Machinery Showcase Rolls Out from Salem
  machinery Salem Distributing of Winston Salem, N.C., will feature an assortment of equipment offerings for most any need.
One of the choices available is the Bovone ELB-10/45 edger mitre. According to Salem, the machine is designed to produce flat-edge profiles with seams and mitres, and is also capable of cerium oxide polishing on the flat or mitre edge.

Strainoptic Rolls Out New Equipment
An array of glass-testing equipment will be displayed and demonstrated by Strainoptic Technologies of North Wales, Pa. 
Items on display will include, roll-wave gages for measuring, grazing angle surface polarimeters, glass edge stress meters, polariscopes/polarimeters and PC-based stress scanners.

UCB Extends Uvekol® S Production
UCB Chemicals of Smyrna, Ga., will also exhibit at the show, offering its Uvekol S. According to information from the company, the product is a single-component liquid system that can be used for laminating glass, and is curable by UV light in as little as 20 minutes.

A Smart Mix: Viracon Adds On New Coatings 
Viracon Reflective low-E (VRE) is the company’s new “hybrid” coating, combining reflective and low-E coatings.

According to Viracon, as a low-E, VRE offers low u-values and visible light transmittance of 38 or 46 percent. As a reflective, Viracon says VRE features a silver reflective appearance from the outside and blue tones on the inside.


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